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  1. @ Gary — So, does that meat that United will still control slots at JFK? If so, what will they do with them?

  2. This pricing strategy will likely backfire. People buying multi-city itineraries are among the heaviest travelers and when those itineraries show as a multiple of the price they used to, people will book away. Just yesterday, I was looking to book BOS-TPA-DCA-BOS and it priced out at $1600 on American and $410 on JetBlue. Who on earth would book the AA fare? Priced as separate one-ways it was more competitive, but virtually nobody is going to bother to take that step when they see the JetBlue fare at a fraction of the cost.

  3. I’m with you, Corey. Southwest is going to love that. There are so many pricing things that airlines do that are idiotic. Today, I booked travel MSY-GUA for 14 people, and this was my first time to work with the airlines’ group sales divisions. I couldn’t believe that AA has publicly available $433 flights, but I would have had to pay $657 each to book 14 of them. Just unreal. I couldn’t stop laughing at the AA salesperson on the phone. I ended up with Delta, who charged me $527 all-in, which at least was just about what I could buy the tickets for individually.

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